Inheriting the thrifty and frugal habits of a sturdy German father and
mother, who many years ago left the shores of the Fatherland to seek their
fortune in the new world, it is little wonder that the subject of this
sketch has won his spurs in the battle of life. The people of Noble
township, Richland county, Illinois, have known him as boy and man, and as
his dealings with his fellow beings have always been honorable they repose
in him the most implicit confidence, as his election to township offices on
different occasions would amply demonstrate.
John William Pflaum .was born in Meigs county. Ohio, March 31, 1855, his parents being Valentine and Elizabeth (Hartman) Pflaum, both of them having been born in Baden, Germany. Shortly after their marriage in 1851 they came to this country, and settled in Meigs county, Ohio, from which place they removed to Noble township in 1873, being in the eighteenth year of his age. Mr. Pflaum began purchasing land in small tracts until he had accumulated nine hundred acres, the greater portion of which he eventually had under a high state of cultivation.
The subject of this sketch was married to Cordelia Rexrout in 1886. She was born in Russell county, Kentucky, August 12, 1867. Their children are Bertha, wife of Alfred Woods, who lives on a farm with her husband near the home of her parents; Ralph, Flossie and Raymond. Ralph and Flossie are twins, and the latter is married to a prosperous farmer of the neighborhood by the name of John Ireland, while Raymond and Eva live at the home of their parents. All of the members of the family, except Ralph, are members of the Church of Christ, and take a great deal of interest in the affairs of their denomination. When he attained his majority the subject of this sketch cast his lot with the Republican party, and he remains steadfast to the same. He has for some years been a member of the Modern Woodmen of America.
Mr. Pflaum takes great pride in the appearance of his well cultivated farm of one hundred and fifty acres, from which he raises abundant crops. He is a public spirited citizen in every sense of the word, and takes an active interest in the affairs of Noble township. He has twice held office, having been Collector and Road Supervisor.
Extracted 21 May 2019 by Norma Hass from 1909 Biographical and Reminiscent History of Richland, Clay and Marion Counties, Illinois, page 474.